Skip to main content

Round the Sofa


Published July 15, 2012


LibriVox recording of Round the Sofa by Elizabeth Gaskell. Read by Noel Badrian.

Round the Sofa (1859), is a book of stories by the lady that Charles Dickens called his “dear Scheherazade” due to her skill as a story teller. That Lady was Mrs. Elizabeth Gaskell (North and South, Wives and Daughters, Cranford etc.). Mrs. Gaskell begins with Round the Sofa, a short story which she uses as a device to stitch together six previously published stories into a single work. It introduces us to a set of characters who take turns to recount stories to one another during their weekly soirée. My Lady Ludlow tells the story of the widowed, aristocratic Lady Ludlow and her fierce resistance to change. It is told through the eyes of one of her young charges. Incidentally, it was one of the books used to create the TV series Cranford. An Accursed Race is actually an essay about a persecuted minority group, the Cagots in Western France. The Doom of the Griffiths. A Gothic short story about a cursed family and set in Wales. Half a Life-Time Ago. A novella set in the Wiltshire Dales. The Poor Clare. A Ghostly short story! The Half Brothers. A sad short story about brotherly love and a sheep-dog dog named Lassie! (Summary by Noel Badrian)

For further information, including links to M4B audio book, online text, reader information, RSS feeds, CD cover or other formats (if available), please go to the LibriVox catalog page for this recording.

For more free audio books, or to become a volunteer reader, please visit LibriVox.org.


Source Librivox recording of a public-domain text

Reviews

Reviewer: ListeninginChicago - - July 15, 2012
Subject: Lot of variety in Gaskell's short stories
Gaskell does an excellent job developing her characters in these short stories. As a listener, I found myself really pulled in. Each story is very different - the premise to put them together is a bit of a stretch, but that's only a couple of paragraphs in between and doesn't detract.

Warning - these are not light fare and will evoke tears at times.

Noel is a wonderful reader!
DOWNLOAD OPTIONS
Uploaded by
librivoxbooks
on 7/15/2012
Views
3,526
Favorites
3
Reviews
1
PEOPLE ALSO FOUND
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Edmund Gosse
672
0
0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Susanna Moodie
297
0
0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Margaret Fairless Barber
260
0
0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by James McIntyre
1,071
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Various
469
0
0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by William Harrison Ainsworth
436
0
0
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Dimitrij†, Saint Metropolitan of Rostov
2,045
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Plato
3,615
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text
The LibriVox Free Audiobook Collection
by Various
2,362
0
0
Source: Librivox recording of a public-domain text